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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more


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Slightly displaced 4th metacarpal 5 weeks ago. Dr. put in a brace said keep on 6 weeks. When can go back to heavy construction work, hammer, push, pull?

Slightly displaced 4th metacarpal 5 weeks ago. Dr. put in a brace said keep on 6 weeks. When can go back to heavy construction work, hammer, push, pull?

Healed and no pain: It generally takes 6 weeks for a metacarpal fracture to heal. At the 6 week mark, x-rays are usually ordered to confirm healing. When the fracture has healed, it is not painful to pressure and you have no pain with work activities it is safe to go back to heavy work. This may take 8-12 weeks total. Read more

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18 days since cast/brace removed for 1st metacarpal fracture thumb. 4 therapy sessions later wrist is still immobile & thumb still swollen won't bend.

18 days since cast/brace removed for 1st metacarpal fracture thumb. 4 therapy sessions later wrist is still immobile & thumb still swollen won't bend.

You should: Re-consult with your ortho surgeon regarding a possible problem with fracture healing or a missed injury to tendon. Or get a second opinion from a hand surgeon. Read more

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Why do adults get braces?

Why do adults get braces?

Different reasons: Some adults seek orthodontic treatment for purely cosmetic reasons to correct unsightly crowding or an uneven smile line. Others seek treatment for functional reasons associated with an uneven bite, destructive wear patterns, and difficulty chewing. Patients with jaw joint problems or facial pain when chewing may also seek an orthodontist for relief. Read more

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Can I get braces just because?

Can I get braces just because?

Because?: Can you get braces "just because"? Because of what? You don't need them but just want them for no particular reason? An ethical orthodontic specialist normally won't simply put braces on your teeth unless there is a reason for correcting something. But just "to have them"? I am doubting it, unless its for an acting part for a movie/tv/play. Read more

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How do braces do what they do?

How do braces do what they do?

Braces ; aligners: You will find professional bias based on specialty in answers to your question. Both are techniques that used in the right fashion will produce great results. As a generalist, I like to minimize the need for extractions and love the fact that decay and gum disease is minimized with removable aligners. Read more

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Did you ever have braces break?

Braces: Yes. All mam made things can break. Clear braces are more prone to breakage than metal ones. Read more

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What is the best posture brace?

What is the best posture brace?

Strong muscles: Unless you have scoliosis (curvature of the spine), the best way to improve posture is to strengthen the muscles that maintain posture in the proper position. Women have less upper body strength generally, concentrate on improving that & your back and abd muscles. Then your posture will improve, as well as your appearance, health, self-esteem, and your ability to work and play. Read more

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Why did braces change my smile?

Why did braces change my smile?

Your teeth moved: Since your teeth moved, your appearance changed. Consult with your orthodontist regarding your concerns. Read more

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Does it hurt to have braces on?

99% no: The beginning of orthodontic movement will cause some discomfort, usually 4 to 6 hours after having them put on. The "pain" will be at its worst at about 72 hours, and then gradually lessen to all but none in the 2 or 3 days following the "worst" of the discomfort. Newer orthodontic brace design and advances in metals used for wires, have decreased the discomfort in orthodontics by a large factor. Read more

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Why are braces so expensive now?

They aren't.: Orthodontic costs have actually gone down since the early part of the 20th century when they became available. Since the 70's, orthodontic care has not kept up with the cost of living index. Having any service done has a value attached to it. I would hope that having braces and treatment done correctly by a trained individual would be worth the fee you agree to pay for the service. Read more

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Does bcbs excellus cover braces?

Does bcbs excellus cover braces?

Pre-authorization: Most insurance companies require pre-authorization prior to starting any active orthodontic treatment. The common practice is to submit a claim form stating the time and fee for active orthodontic treatment and waiting for the insurance company to authorize their part of the fees involved. The bcbs excellus is not an exception Read more

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What to expect when I get braces?

What to expect when I get braces?

A great smile: You'll get a functional, esthetic, stable smile that you will be proud of. On the way expect to experience some periodic soreness and tenderness, which you will find to be exceptionally manageable. Ask your qualified orthodontist for suggestions...He/she has lots of suggestions to help. Read more

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First time braces, what can I expect?

First time braces, what can I expect?

Discomfort>delight: Orthodontic treatment for the most part is comprised of very little discomfort and great pleasure in watching your teeth slowly but surely move toward the creation of a beautiful smile. Initial discomfort lasts for few days to a week, and on occasional visits short periods of discomfort. Looking at process as a whole, there will be minor bumps in the road leading to a great lasting smile. Read more

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How do I tell if I need braces or no?

How do I tell if I need braces or no?

See an orthodontist: An orthodontic consult will address your concerns and some you may not be aware of. Most orthodontists will take complimentary look at you and give you an opinion. So nothing to lose, but crooked teeth... Read more

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Can I get braces if I have a cravity?

Can I get braces if I have a cravity?

Bad idea: The order of rx should be:
1. Control infection (cavities, gum disease, etc)
2. Move teeth/jaws into best possible relationships
3. Do final gum treatment and restorations
have your cavities fixed before you straighten your teeth. It's highly unlikely that a qualified orthodontic specialist would risk moving diseased teeth. Read more

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Could it take 6 months to get braces?

Could it take 6 months to get braces?

Six Month Smiles: The best way to find the answer to that question is to contact a Six Month Smiles Provider near you and schedule a consultation. However, to see a real orthodontist specialist for second opinion is a must. Good luck. Read more

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What are common reasons to get braces?

What are common reasons to get braces?

Rationale 4 Ortho: Bad bite may contribute to dental caries (cavities-more difficult to keep teeth clean), gum disease (from food entrapment and proximity of roots which are too close together); esthetics (which may also effect self esteem and job opportunities); may contribute to TMJ/Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction if jaws out of proper alignment; may effect speech and eating patterns. Read more

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